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Preview: Mariners v Reds

  • Preview: Mariners v Reds

When Adelaide United face off against the Central Coast Mariners in their Elimination Final in Gosford on Saturday one thing is clear - attack will be their best form of defence.

The Reds have wowed the competition this season with the free-flowing, aggressive style of play that has seen them net a number of glorious goals.

Josep Gombau has repeatedly stated his intention to promote exciting football at the Reds and it is crucial for the chances of the team to progress that they continue in this vein.

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The nature of finals matches quite often draws players into conservative football due to pressure and weight of expectation.

If Adelaide retreats into their shell against the Mariners, it will be all over.

Players like Ferreira, Carrusco, Cirio, Djite and Neumann need to be at their audacious best.

These are the players that have created so much for United this season and it needs to continue if they are to progress.

Carrusco is especially important as his recent form has been excellent.

It has been well documented that the bulk of Adelaide’s scoring has been achieved at Coopers Stadium.

United have averaged 2.25 goals per game at home and 1.15 away in the regular season.

They will need to buck this trend to get over Central Coast as one goal will not be enough to win.

The Mariners average 1.29 goals per game at Central Coast Stadium and have only conceded 0.93, with six clean sheets.

They have a solid defence that the Reds need to rattle early but can also score themselves, with the likes of Mile Sterjovski providing class up front.

United must come out firing and get in the faces of their opponents, pressure them with quick passing and good, accurate running forward of the ball.

An early goal would give Adelaide a huge boost and put the home side on the back foot.

If the Mariners are allowed to settle in, the visitors will be facing an uphill battle.

No-fear football is what will win the day for Adelaide United.

They need to believe in what has worked so well for them this season and have the courage to maintain that attacking mentality whatever happens during the game.

There is no tomorrow and there should be no regrets.

Leave it all out on the park, boys.

Go Reds!

Do you think the Reds can win? What will be the key to victory?


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